News: Archive

2017-01-01 - 2017-07-26



3.3 million euro raised in fundraising campaign – goal exceeded

The University of Vaasa raised 3 337 242 euro in the government–supported fundraising campaign. University’s goal was to raise 2.5 million euro. The goal exceeded with more than a quarter.



Dissertation: Innovative networking of product development activities requires rational decision making

It is surprising how often technology companies make decisions concerning the organization of their product development work into internal tasks and projects outsourced to suppliers based on subjective and non-rational reasons. However, innovative product development activities would benefit from more rational decision making. A dissertation published in University of Vaasa provides new insights and methods on this matter.



Muhammad Shafiq becomes Academy of Finland Postdoctoral Researcher

The Academy of Finland has granted Dr. Muhammad Shafiq post-doctoral funding for three years. Shafiq will begin his post-doctoral project “Smart Condition Monitoring System for Power Grid” at the University of Vaasa in September. Today’s distribution grid is undergoing various operational and architectural changes. With the new renewable energy sources and distributed power generation the grids are getting bigger and more complex. The distributed generation, the growing number of...



Dissertation: Wicked problems can hamper organizational changes

In his dissertation, Juha Lindell proposes that changes in organizations can be hampered due the neglected wicked problems within. They should be taken into account in the leadership policies and resolve in a comprehensive manner. – Organizations change constantly, but it has been estimated that even 90 percent of all change initiatives fail. It is vital, however, for organizations to make changes to succeed and something needs to be done, notes Lindell from the University of...



University in the summer 2017

There will be changes in the university office hours on the campus during the summer.



Graduates Celebrated

The University's Graduation event Publiikki was held on Wednesday the 31st of May. In the event, the graduates received their degree certificates. In May, 93 graduates received their degree certificates.



Dissertation: Is our social media behavior still influenced by our culture? – This is how Finns, Poles and Americans differ

Even though we think ourselves as global citizens, we still differ in terms of how we behave online and what motivates our behavior online. A new doctoral study in the field of international marketing by Agnieszka Chwialkowska reveals that the cultural values and practices are still very much influencing the way consumers use different social media platforms when engaging with their favourite companies.



Catharina von Koskull has been awarded a grant from Fulbright, Sweden

Associate professor Catharina von Koskull from the University of Vaasa has received the highly competitive and prestigious scholarship from the Swedish Fulbright Commission to conduct research as a visiting scholar in the United States. More precisely, she will collaborate with researchers at the Center for Service Leadership at WP Carey School of Business, Arizona State University. This center is one of the world’s leading service marketing and management research hubs and lately, an...



Dissertation: Develop leadership culture by identifying conflicting expectations

Annastiina Mäki’s doctoral thesis in Management examines the essence and development of leadership culture in expert organizations. Her study illustrates the phenomenon of leadership culture and offers proposals for developing it.



Dissertation: A new concept helps to increase competiveness in the networked environment

Terho Uusitalo’s doctoral thesis in Industrial Management studies focuses on enterprise competitiveness. Based on his research findings, Uusitalo develops the case company’s competitiveness by implementing a process management approach to its challenging and dynamic global business environment. He also creates a process development concept for developing and maintaining the case company’s sustainable competitive advantage.



University of Vaasa is conducting research on energy literacy

In a new project, researchers from the University of Vaasa is studying the energy literacy of consumers. - The purpose of the research is to create information on the consumer action in electricity markets, says Professor Panu Kalmi.The survey data will be collected by using an internet tool. The researchers will combine data on electricity consumption to survey data.



Indian Ambassador visited the University of Vaasa

The Indian Ambassador Ashok Kumar Sharma visited University of Vaasa on Tuesday. He gave a speech on the current developments in India concerning higher education and business cooperation with Finland.



The Faculty of Business Studies rated as internationally high quality faculty

The faculty of Business Studies of the University of Vaasa was ranked in the 2016 Eduniversal Worldwide Business Schools Rankings’ third category of Excellent Business Schools with reinforcing international influence. Placement requires e.g. strong international relations and international accreditations of education.



Jari Kuusisto appointed as the rector of the University of Vaasa 1.2.2017–31.12.2020

The board of the University of Vaasa has appointed Jari Kuusisto as the rector of the University of Vaasa during the term 1.2.2017 – 31.12.2020. Suvi Ronkainen is still recovering from a difficult illness, and she continues as a part-time senior advisor of the management until 31.7.2018. Since June 2015, Kuusisto has managed rector’s duty on interim basis.



The University of Vaasa awarded Research Act and Teaching Act of the Year 2016

The University of Vaasa granted the Research Act and Teaching Act awards of last year in the anniversary ceremony on Friday 27th of January. Research Act of the Year 2016 award was granted to Assistant Professor Susanna Kultalahti from the Faculty of Business Studies. Professor Pirkko Vartiainen from the Faculty of Philosophy received the Teaching Act of the Year 2016 award.



VEO donates 20 000 euros to the University of Vaasa

VEO Oy donates 20 000 euros to the University of Vaasa. 10 000 euros will be addressed to the field of technology and 10 000 euros to the field of business studies.



Scientific Board gives advice to the University of Vaasa

The new Scientific Board of the University of Vaasa met with the University staff and students today. Their assignment is to comment on the strategy proposals, the allocation of resources, the structure of the University and direction of the University research.



University of Vaasa science team chosen to the semi-finals of Helsinki Challenge

Team Energy Village 500 from the University of Vaasa has been chosen to the semi-finals of Helsinki Challenge, the science-based idea competition. Team Energy Village 500 aims at establishing a countrywide network of energy villages: areas that produce their own renewable energy. Helsinki Challenge brings Finnish universities together and advances multidisciplinary collaboration for the benefit of the whole world. The teams will tackle the UN’s sustainable development goals and create...



Dissertation: Manager, are you aware of beliefs guiding your actions?

M.Sc. Timo-Pekka Uotila from the University of Vaasa explores managers’ perceptions on firm performance. In his dissertation Uotila studied the ways how the managing directors understand firm performance.